Vasant Panchami, or more commonly known as Saraswati Puja, is celebrated in the month of Magh, according to the Indian traditional calendar. Vasant means “spring” and Panchami means “the fifth day.” Vasant Panchami falls on the fifth day of spring. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati who is the ancient deity of knowledge, language, music and arts. The festivities take place in various spheres of schools, colleges and universities.
It is celebrated with a great pomp and show in the University. The day perceives a lot of verve and excitement among the students. The idol is placed on a tool covered with a mustard white coloured cloth. The place is decorated and books are piled up beside the statue of the goddess. Shlokas are chanted while performing the Havan and hymns in the praise of Saraswati are sung. Kheer, curd rice, parched rice, milk, candies, different varieties of sweets, etc are offered. After the worship of Goddess Saraswati the cut fruits are distributed among the students. The Puja is also observed in the villages of Kirba and Panitanki which is organised by the members of Sanskar Kendra. A huge crowd of students and faculty members attend the ceremony. It is also observed in all the Halls of Residences, taking in the active participation of students as well as the hostel staffs, the wardens and other hostel authorities in charge.
The immersion of the idol takes place the following day. It is the day which is completely dedicated to the giver of wisdom, knowledge and faith. She is a path guider for all and distributor of love. She personifies purity, intelligence, good will and love in the hearts of our esteemed institutions and sweet homes!